I am very serious about egg donation. The clinic called me yesterday as they couldn't remember if I was interested in egg donation or surrogacy. (I don't think I would able to be a surrogate, I hated being pregnant and going through birth and surrendering that little baby would be too hard. This would be very different if it were for a family member or a close friend. )
I stated my intentions and am waiting to her back from the nurse coordinator with info on ED and someone to book my initial appointment. (I've emailed them and spoken to them on the phone. So I think two separate people might be in contact with me since I've heard from the head doctor)
Egg donors are not compensated in Canada. This law came into effect in 2004. As a result, one fertility clinic in Montreal had a drop of 70% in egg donors.
I don't how I feel about this. Honestly, I have looked into ED in the U.S. but as I do not have legal rights to work in the U.S. therefore I can't donate there.
I think some women might donate for seemingly easy money, but it is a grueling process involved. You inject yourself with drugs that make your hormonal and nauseous. Your pretty much making your body think it's pregnant. So I imagine it to be like I am pregnant but 100X worse. I see why women are compensated in the U.S. which isn't the case in Canada.
If I am found to be a suitable donor, I will go through with it. Most likely, the couple will be from The Island, even Victoria. I want to go anonymous. I don't even know if that is possible in Victoria. I don't know how I would feel if I ran into a mom and her baby that could be mine biologically. And in Victoria, the possibility is there. I am have dominate genes. Aaron's eyes are handed down from my French Canadian grandma. Who knows how many of her ancestors we resemble. I look like my dad, who looks like my grandma and Aaron looks like me. I wish I could donate elsewhere as to eliminate the possibility of seeing my potential biological child(ren) in public.
Do I wish I could be paid for my eggs?Yes. Is it deciding factor? No. I will need to find a ride to the clinic on the day of potential retrieval and have someone stay with me the 24 hours surrounding it. If Eric is at sea I'll have to rely on friends.
My point is , I am not sure how I feel about ED's being compensated but I think it would make is easier for infertile Canadians to become parents. I'll be doing a comparison on Canadian IVF rates vs. American to see if it's a big financial difference.